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Writing Contests for December

International Publication Opportunities and Contests:

Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests:

International Publication Opportunities and Contests:

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize
Entry fee: $8 US for one poem; or $32 per a batch of five poems.
Prizes: 1st Prize €1,000 (roughly $1,253 US) and publication in Southword and a trip to Cork, Ireland.  MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival; 2nd prize €500 and publication in Southword; and 3rd prize €250 and publication in Southword. Ten runners-up will be published in Southword and receive €30 publication fee.
Deadline: December 15, 2012

Open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less. Translated work is not in the scope of this competition. Entries should be typed; entrant’s name and contact details must be on a separate piece of paper in the form of a cover letter. Please also include a note about how you heard about the competition. No entry form is necessary. Entrants from the USA: We do NOT accept US Postal Orders. If you send a check, please date by writing out the month as a word, for example: November 4, 2012. If any information is crossed out or altered, our bank returns the check to us as unusable. Send entries via postal service to The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, The Munster Literature Center, Frank O’Connor House, 84 Douglas Street, Cork, Ireland (no postal/zip-code).

Munster recommends that after December 1, you enter on-line to ensure your work arrives in time, using PayPal for entry fee.  Send your entry as a word document (files ending with “doc” or “docx”). Include your poem/poems and cover letter (containing your contact details and PayPal Receipt number as separate documents in the same e-mail. In the body of the e-mail, list your name, address, poem titles and PayPal receipt number. Use the subject header “O’Donoghue Entry”. E-mail submissions to competitions@munsterlit.ie.

More information, including submission guidelines, may be found on their


The Moth Short Story Prize
Entry fee: € 6 per poem; payment should be made to editor@themothmagazine.com via PayPal.
Prizes: 1st prize €1,000; 2nd prize a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France
Deadline: Closing date 31 March 2013

The competition will be judged by the poet and novelist Martina Evans. Martina has published four books of poetry and three novels. She is the recipient of, among other things, a Betty Trask Award and a Ciampi International poetry prize. You can read an interview with Martina here.

Closing date 31 March 2013.

You can enter online, or you can print an entry form and send it to:

The Moth
81 Church Street
Co. Cavan

Please read the rules carefully before entering.

The winning story will be published in the summer 2013 issue of The Moth.

The winner of the Moth Short Story Prize 2011, judged by Christine Dwyer Hickey, was Eleanor Edmond, with her story ‘The Names of Horses’, which appears in the summer issue of The Moth. You can purchase a copy here.

Eleanor is originally from Dublin but has been living near Lough Egish for the past four years with her husband and two young daughters. What with her family and work commitments – she works two days a week in Dublin as a Legal Policy Officer for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland – the last story she managed to finish was in 2006, and it was shortlisted for the Fish Prize, so it’s clear that she needs to keep writing!

The following stories were also commended by Christine Dwyer Hickey:

‘Ear Wig’ by Joan Hannon
‘Two Moons’ by Ethel Rohan
‘All the Trappings’ by Simon Webster


The Moth Ballymaloe Poetry Prize
Entry fee: € 6 per poem; payment should be made to editor@themothmagazine.com via PayPal.
Prizes: 1st place: € 5,000 plus two nights B&B and dinner for two at Ballymaloe House in Co. Cork; 2nd € 1,000; 3rd: € 500. Enter as many poems as you wish
Deadline: December 31, 2012

The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem. We strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Moth. Entries must be typed, with each entry on a new sheet. The prize is open to anyone. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast. Winners will be expected to attend the awards ceremony in Ballymaloe, if at all possible. For additional information, go to the contest website.


Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests:

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest
Entry fee: $15 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to Boulevard.
Prizes: : $1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.
Deadline: December 31, 2012 (postmark).

Simultaneous submission are allowed but previously accepted or published work is ineligible. Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard. They accept works of up to 8,000 words. Author’s name, address and telephone number, in addition to the story’s title and “Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest” should appear on page one. Cover sheets are unnecessary. Manuscripts should be typed and double-spaced. Submit electronically to:
https://boulevard.submittable.com/submit or by mail, send manuscripts with a SAS post card for acknowledgement of receipt to: Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117.


Glimmer Train Press Fiction Award
Entry fee: $19 per story; no more than three submissions per contest
Prizes: 1st place: $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories; 2nd Place: $1,000 (and 10 copies, if accepted for publication); 3rd place: $600 (or if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).
Deadline: January 2, 2103

We especially appreciate stories that are both well written and emotionally engaging. Please let us read yours! If it is chosen for publication in Glimmer Train Stories, you will be paid upon acceptance. Most entries run 2,000 to 8,000 words, but stories from 2,000 to 20,000 are fine. Your story will be prepared with care, and presented in a handsome high-regarded literary journal to readers all over the world. Please make your submissions at Glimmer Train’s online submission site. For additional information, go to: www.glimmertrain.com/fictionoptn.html.


Moment-Karma Short Fiction Award for stories with Jewish content
Entry fee: $15 per entry; multiple entries accepted. Please make checks payable to Moment Magazine–Karma Short Fiction Contest.
Prizes: 1st place: $1,000 and possible publication; 2nd place: $500 plus possible publication; 3rd place: $250 plus possible publication. Winners may be invited to an awards ceremony. If so, the contest covers a round-trip flight or train fare and one night hotel, if necessary. All travel arrangements are to be made by Moment. After the contest completion, Moment editors will review winning stories. Editors will contact winners if their stories are being considered for publication. All selected materials are subject to editing by Moment editors.
Deadline: December 31, 2012 (postmark).

For each entry, submit the following: A cover letter containing author’s full name, address, contact information and the title of the submission. (The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript) the check for the entry fee, an email address to be notified of the winners (but we DO NOT accept submissions via email). Maximum length for prose is 7,000 words. Send hard copies in 12-pont font, double-spaced. ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE A SIGNED COPY OF THE CONTEST’S OFFICIAL RULES, downloaded from the website.

For additional information, the official rules form, and mailing instructions, please go to www.oldsite.momentmag.net/moment/contests/shortfiction.


Poetry Society of America, Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
Entry fee: $15 unless one is a member of PSA, then it is free. Make checks payable to Poetry Society of America. Only one entry per contest allowed.
Prizes: $2,500
Deadline: December 22, 2012

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Poetry Society of America is given annually to a poet over 40 who has publishes no more than one book. Submit two copies of a manuscript of up to 10 poems or 20 pages plus the entry fee. Submit to: Poetry Society of America, Annual Award Submission, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003. Send one cover letter for each submission, two copies of the submission, a check for $15 from non-members, membership status clearly marked on cover sheet of each submission. The cover pages must include: Entrant’s name, address, e-mail (if available) phone, Name of the award, the title and the first line of the first (or only) poem in submission. If you are submitting to the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, individual poems may have been published elsewhere; please include publication acknowledgements on your coversheet. For your convenience, there is a cover sheet template on line at: www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/guidelines/


Poetry Society of America, National Chapbook Fellowships
Entry fee: $12 Make checks payable to Poetry Society of America. This fee is not waived for PSA members. Multiple submissions to this contest are accepted.
Prizes: $1,000 and publication
Deadline: December 22, 2012

Manuscript page length: between 20-30 pages of poetry (front matter not included in count). Poems must be typed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and bound with a spring clip. No illustrations may be included. Please submit only one copy of your manuscript. Manuscripts should include no more than one poem per page. A complete submission should include: Title page with contest name (The National Chapbook Fellowship), your name, address, telephone, email, and any other relevant contact information. Your name should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript; a title page with just the title of the manuscript; An acknowledgments page. Poems included in your manuscript may be previously published, but please include an acknowledgments page listing specific publications. Note: previous publications and/or the inclusion of published poems will not serve as a determining factor in the screening or judging of manuscripts; A complete Table of Contents. Please note: manuscripts by more than one author will not be accepted and translations will not be accepted; Electronic and faxed submissions will not be accepted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, you must notify the PSA. Submission to the Chapbook Fellowship Program does not prohibit you from applying to the PSA Annual Awards: www.poetrysociety.org.

Send manuscript to PSA CHAPBOOK CONTEST, Poetry Society of America, 15 Gramercy Park, New York, New York 10003.


Ruth Hindman Foundation H. E. Francis Short Story Competition
Entry fee: $20, all tax-deductible, check or money order made out to the Ruth Hindman Foundation, a philanthropic institution which awards scholarships nationwide to undergraduate and graduate students.
Prizes: $2,000
Deadline: December 31, 2012 (postmark)

Using the electronic submission system or by mail, submit an original, unpublished, fiction manuscript of up to 5,000 words. If submitting by mail, include three copies of the story and mail to:

the Ruth Hindman Foundation, H. E. Francis Short Story Competition, English Department, University of Alabama, Morton Hall Room 222, Huntsville, AL 35899.

Electronic submission is encouraged. Provide the submission in the PDF format and submit remittance via PayPal. All manuscripts must be free of any means of author identification. A separate cover sheet must accompany each submission. This cover sheet must indicate the title of the story, the author’s name and address, phone number and email (if available) and the approximate word count. Author retains all publication rights. Winners requested that the Status of H. E. Francis Award winner be mentioned in future publications. Winners, semi-finalist and finalists are encouraged to list the H.E. Francis Competition on their vitae. For additional information, go to: www.hefranciscompetition.com/rules.


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